Chess News

For the third year in a row, the perennial powerhouse team NorCal House of Chess won the U.S. Amateur Team West, this time sweeping the field with a perfect 6-0 score. Kostya Kavutskiy reports.
Posted: February 23, 2015, 1:03 am
In the Master's section of the Southwest Class, GMs Gata Kamsky, Yarsola Zherebukh, Anton Kovalyov and Holden Hernandez Carmenate tied for first with Kamsky taking the title on tiebreak. See key games and full story by Colonel David A. Hater.
Posted: February 22, 2015, 11:45 pm
IM Tanguy Ringoir and GM Negi Parmijaran tied for first at the GM Norm Invitational at the 1st Chinnggis Chess Club. Ringoir, a UMBC student, also picked up his final GM norm.
Posted: February 21, 2015, 1:32 pm
The US Chess Scoop went to Parsipanny, New Jersey for the World Amateur Team Championships to find out who would be on the perfect dream team. Top picks included Carlsen, Nakamura, So and Krush.
Posted: February 19, 2015, 2:47 pm
Virginia Assassins took first place in the World Amateur Team Championships, held over President's Day weekend in Parsipanny, NJ. AL Lawrence reports on the action-packed weekend.
Posted: February 18, 2015, 1:36 pm
In his February Check is in the Mail column, Alex Dunne goes over a key game from the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Champion, Viacheslav Ragozin.
Posted: February 16, 2015, 1:23 pm
GM Hikaru Nakamura broke 2800 today at the Zurich Chess Challenge and is now #4 on the live rankings. He leads the event with 2/3 and wins over Caruana and Karjakin.
Posted: February 16, 2015, 11:36 am
Happy Valentine's Day! Find the chess-themed love poem Stalemate by Casey Hill.
Posted: February 14, 2015, 11:52 am
In honor of Valentine's day, legendary GM and composer GM Benko presents a series of twin problems in hearts, rings and H/V letter problems. Solve one for every candy you eat!
Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:56 pm
FM Arthur Shen topped the 2nd annual Steve Ferrero Memorial, held on February 8 at the Dean of Chess Academy in remembrance of 1st club member Steve Ferrero.
Posted: February 13, 2015, 2:42 pm

Metropolitan Diary: Watching a chess game in Washington Square Park, a family spoke quietly in Russian, trying to guess the next move.
Posted: February 19, 2015, 1:51 pm
After setting a United States record by becoming a grandmaster at 13, Sam Sevian is getting some help from the chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Posted: January 9, 2015, 5:00 am
Fabiano Caruana doesn’t play for the United States, but he is among a handful of players who could put high-level chess back in the spotlight.
Posted: December 14, 2014, 5:00 am
Five months after forcing Sonny Gibbs from his spot on the edge of a Harlem playground because he did not have a vending permit, New York City has welcomed him back.
Posted: November 17, 2014, 5:00 am
The commotion this week over whether The Times’s chess column was being discontinued or might survive was a reminder of how many people follow our chess and bridge coverage.
Posted: October 16, 2014, 8:09 pm
Organizational problems have plagued the current Grand Prix series, but Fabiano Caruana is holding the lead as expected.
Posted: October 12, 2014, 4:00 am
Players from India won six medals at the World Youth Championships in Durban, South Africa, twice the number as Russia.
Posted: October 5, 2014, 4:00 am
A team from Azerbaijan won the European Club Cup with a roster of players from six countries.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 4:00 am
For years, Sonny Gibbs sold flowers and taught chess at the edge of a playground, but the parks department banished him this spring because he had no permit.
Posted: September 27, 2014, 4:00 am
Bartlomiej Macieja, the chess coach at the University of Texas at Brownsville, finished a half-point ahead of a Ukrainian grandmaster that the Masters tournament in North Carolina.
Posted: September 21, 2014, 4:00 am

ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Chessdom editor Goran Urosevic have met in Tbilisi for a long interview on several important subjects – development of chess, events organization, sponsorship, European Chess Union and Batumi Chess Olympiad. The interview will be published in two parts, with the second part coming up in few days. Q: Mr.Azmaiparashvili, you [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 28, 2015, 1:30 am
In a scenario repeating from the previous day, all games of the 11th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi were drawn. The longest game of the round was Giri – Dominguez, where each player tried to win and reach shared third place. After more than six hours of play, nearly causing the delay [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:43 pm
Grandmaster Igor Efimov (ELO 2390) has won the 2015 Monaco Chess Championship, which was held at the Monaco Chess Club, from 20-25th February. Efimov scored 5,5 points, the same as Karl Ribbegren (ELO 2202), but thanks to better tie-break, Efimov took the title. GM Algimantas Butnorius (ELO 2377) came clear third with 5 points. Svetlana [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 27, 2015, 11:20 pm
The 14th Rochefort International Chess Festival was held on 21-27th February, 2015, at the Congress Palace, in Rochefort, France. Just days before the huge 31st Cappelle-la-Grande Open, the Rochefort Open was an excellent occasion for the players to test their preparation and use the perfect training opportunity. The event was a 9-round Swiss open with time control [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: February 27, 2015, 7:32 pm
The 31st International Chess Open Cappelle-la-Grande is organized by “L’Echiquier Cappellois” from 28th February to 7th March, 2015, at the Palais des Arts in Cappelle-la-Grande, France. The tournament is registered with the French Chess Federation (FFE) and FIDE. The event will be a 9-round Swiss tournament with tempo of play 90′/ 40 + 30′ + 30″. [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: February 27, 2015, 3:39 pm
In the 10th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi all games were drawn. This worked perfectly fine for Evgeny Tomashevsky who secured the first place in the tournament with one round to spare. Tomashevsky has 7,5/10 points, keeping the unbeaten distance of 1,5 points ahead of the nearest follower Dmitry Jakovenko. Today Tomashevsky [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 26, 2015, 9:07 pm
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Mr.Levan Kipiani, visited the Grand Prix venue and made the honorary move in the game between Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Baadur Jobava. Mr.Kipiani kindly agreed to give a short statement for the tournament website. Q: Mr.Kipiani, you are visiting the playing venue of the FIDE Grand Prix here [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 26, 2015, 6:57 pm
Jerusalem is getting ready for the 2015 European Individual Championship. The highly prestigious tournament, open to all members of European Federations, will be staged in hotel Ramada on February 23rd – March 8th 2015 by the municipality of Jerusalem and the Israeli Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU. The prize fund was generously [...]
Author: chessdom
Posted: February 26, 2015, 12:33 pm
The third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 is taking place from 14-28th February in Tbilisi, the capital and largest city of Georgia. The event is a twelve-player round-robin tournament, part of the FIDE World Chess Championship cycle. The winner and second placed player overall of the GP Series will qualify for the next Candidates Tournament. [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: February 26, 2015, 10:22 am
After nine rounds of play in the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky is enjoying a big 1,5 points lead ahead of the nearest follower. However, he warns that nothing is over yet: “I don’t think the tournament is over, there are still two more games to go and everyone wants to [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: February 26, 2015, 10:04 am

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